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Lighten Up Mexican Night With Cilantro Lime Rice

Mexican night is a common occurrence in our house, actually is comes more often than I want to admit because it’s fast, cheap and I know the family will have no complaints.  Feeding my picky meat and potatoes only bunch can get a little exhausting sometimes, and that is when I turn to Mexican Night.  The convenience of being able to customize each person’s plate without a lot of fuss saves a lot of “Mom I hate tomatoes”, “I don’t want no white stuff on mine mom”, “What is this?”.

Cilantro Lime Rice

Mexican Night fits the bill every night but the one thing I am not able to serve often is rice.  That’s because I married a potato farmer and it’s an unspoken rule that serving rice is the quickest and easiest way to ask for a divorce.  These farmer’s are always to the point.  Unfortunately, Cory married me and I like to break the mold and I love rice.  White rice, Brown rice, Spanish rice, Fried Rice and Cilantro Lime Rice.  Yum!

When Mexican Night comes around I like to whip up a quick rice side dish (for myself of course) and Cilantro Lime Rice is one of my favorites because it is light and refreshing.  The lemon juice makes it refreshing with a little bit of zing to it and the cilantro is amazing, but I have a massive addiction to cilantro and don’t think enough is ever enough.  Cilantro Lime Rice is delicious paired with your family’s favorite tacos or a light addition to these  Creamy Green Chili Cheese Burritos.

The Cast Of Cilantro Lime Rice

3 cups of hot cooked rice, long grain doesn’t get mushy but you can use Minute Rice
1/2 cup of chopped fresh cilantro
The juice from 2 small or 1 large limes
The zest from one lime
Salt to taste

Directions For Cilantro Lime Rice

1. Cook rice according to directions

2. Fluff your rice and add lime juice, lime zest, cilantro and salt. Stir well and serve warm.

What is your go to Mexican dish?  What sides do you serve for Mexican night?

For more Mexican dinner ideas check out the Dishing It Up Cinco de Mayo Linky Party.




  • Sounds delicious and so simple!

    • Brandy

      I couldn’t believe how simple it was to add a twist to our usual. Thank you for stopping by!

  • Heather M

    Yum! Thanks for linking up with us for Fabulously Frugal Thursday.

  • Miz Helen

    Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  • This sounds so good. I’d love it if you would bring this over to my Saturday Spotlight party to share. Hope to see you there!

    Angels Homestead

  • Katie Goldsworthy

    That sounds sooo goood! Thanks for sharing it at Monday Funday!

  • Coralie

    Love this recipe. Thanks 🙂

  • Emily

    I had Mexican for lunch today – next time, I’m going to try this recipe.

  • Dawn

    We love to have Mexican food in our home. My husband makes an awesome taco salad, and I can salsa, too. 🙂

  • Kay

    This sounds really good. I’m going to have to save this recipe and try it, although my hubby probably won’t be real fond of it either. But I love rice and cilantro. Same mantra, never enough. LOL